Polyvine Products

Here’s why I love Polyvine Products.

If you’ve been searching for the perfect finish for your craft and furniture up-cycle projects, consider Polyvine products. There are so many out there, and quality and price varies, but I think Polyvine is one of the best sealers for Chalk Paint out there. And of course, they are perfect for many other applications too.

Chic Mouldings first let this secret Polyvine weapon out in our eBook, now it seems the Shabby Chic world has gone mad for it, but there’s still some confusion over which ones to use. The 2 featured are the ones I have personally used.

A few tips and observations about Polyvine:

  • It goes on like silk, dries quickly, smoothly, and no need to buff.
  • Just apply with a paintbrush or small roller when the paint on your project is thoroughly dry. And the best part, your brushes will just wash out in water!
  • Only 1 thin coat is needed, however, if it is going to be in a high traffic area, I would apply 2 coats of Polyvine  allowing each coat to dry thoroughly.
  • If you are using a chalk paint, I would go for the  Dead Flat Matt finish, It works perfectly with the chalk paint & will leave you with a surface that is, as it says, dead flat matt!
  • If you would prefer a bit of a sheen, you can opt for the Satin finish. This gives a very gentle, subtle sheen, as if you had spent a few hours buffing your project!

Here’s some other uses for Polyvine as suggested by Chic Mouldings’ Facebook Group members:

  • When experiencing bleedthrough, a coat of polyvine will seal the stain, apply your paint over the top once dry, and it will stop any more stains appearing!
  • A great stain prevention. A member, who used polyvine on her projects, had water damage in their unit. When the water subsided & the furniture was assessed, there wasn’t any damage to her pieces! Polyvine had protected the paint & the furniture too!
  • Great for sealing in decorative finishes. On furniture, but also on walls too!
  • Perfect for sealing decoupage projects!
  • You can use it to seal Plaster work.
  • Use to seal wallpaper & fabrics.
You can also use Polyvine’s clear varnishes to make your own DIY metal powder paint which is a great way to create a patina. Full instructions here.


Polyvine Dead Flat Matt Decorators Finish

Perfect for using with Chalk Paints

This varnish dries to a natural finish which gives no reflections and is tough enough for most situations. Ideal for the protection of floors and areas requiring a durable finish while retaining the original natural look. The fastest cure enabling the floor to be used within 16 hours. Can be used over our heavy duty floor varnish to combine heavy use with a shine free surface.

Ideal for:
• Wooden floors • quarry tiles • cork tiles • slate • flag stones • wooden worktops • furniture • shelving.

Unique qualities :
• Heat and water resistant • dead flat shine free finish • durable • easy to apply • water wash up • water based • low odour • quick drying.

Drying time: 1-2 hours.

Re-coat time: 1-2 hours.

Coverage: 10-20 square metres per litre.

Polyvine  Decorators Varnish

Protective Decorators Finish ~ Dries with a slight sheen.

For interior emulsion wallpaper fabric and plaster work. A revolutionary water based varnish for the protection of a wide range of decorative surfaces.

Ideal for:
• Wallpaper • plaster • fabric • wood.

Unique qualities :
Water and stain resistant • durable • easy to apply • water wash up • water based • low odour • quick drying.

Drying time: 15 minutes to 1 hour depending on temperature.

Coverage: 15-20 square metres per litre.


Other Polyvine Products

I only use Polyvine paints to create my Antique Gold and Antique Silver finishes, and I have tried out various other varnishes and found them all to be easy to apply with a nice finish. Most products come in  Gloss, Satin or Flat option.

Their Acrylic Size is for Metal Leafing is easy to use and you have plenty of working time. 

I highly recommend you have a good look through Polyvine’s website. They have a great range including waxes, paints, mediums and tools. No, this isn’t sponsored, they really are just good, and when I find a good product, I like to recommend it.

I hope you enjoyed this summary of Polyvine, and why I LOVE it! Happy Crafting!


  1. Polyvine is what I have always used not only on Chalk paint, but also any water based paint. It is my ‘go to’ and would certainly recommend it. Personally, I would much rather use Polyvine than any waxes on hand painted furniture!

  2. New to chalk painting and finding myself a tad obsessed!
    Will be trying to paint upholstered seat pads this week and wonder if I use polyvine varnish over the area will it crack under pressure. ie someone sitting on it?

  3. Is polyvine just another polycrylic as far as application? Top coats are my only problem with refurbishing furniture.

  4. Can Polyvine wax varnish be applied to already waxed (AS clear and black wax) furniture. I was going to put it on the desk top to add durability. Would it work over wax? Thank you!

  5. After Googling I identified Polyvine Decorators Varnish (dead flat matt) was recommended by various experts to cover my chairs after chalk painting. They are going to be in a heavy traffic area so I thought waxing would not be sufficient. I thought it was the answer to a maiden’s prayer until it starting going yellow! What am I doing wrong? Its Rustoleum Winter Grey on sanded pine, wiped with white spirit and allowed to thoroughly dry before applying paint, and two coats of paint. I really need the benefit of varnish to seal but clearly I’m doing something wrong. So happy to have been successful on my very first chalk paint project until it was time to varnish.

  6. Hi thanks for all this first hand advice, appreciated. I have been painting my stairs and got a bit stuck when I used chalk paint then varnish and didn’t like it. I have a bottle of Dead Flat on its way and did not know if I could use it over the horrible varnish that reflects EVERY dent and chip, problem solved.

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